‘Fe­male’ match­maker was a guy

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A con­man pos­ing as a fe­male match­maker to swin­dle money out men and women hop­ing to find suit­able spouses has been ar­rested in Shar­jah.

The man, who used the guise of Umm Reem (mother of Reem) of­fered a match­mak­ing ser­vice via so­cial me­dia in re­turn for high fees rang­ing from Dhs60,000-70,000.

A po­lice squad con­sist­ing of the Shar­jah In­ves­ti­ga­tion and Crim­i­nal Depart­ment and Dubai Po­lice tracked the sus­pect.

Shar­jah Po­lice ini­tially re­ceived a com­plaint from a woman who trans­ferred a sum of money, via an ex­change of­fice, to the sus­pect af­ter he con­vinced her he would find her a suit­able hus­band. She told po­lice that the sus­pect dis­ap­peared af­ter he re­ceived the cash.

“The man, from Co­moros, in his 20s, would move on to his next vic­tims once he By Nawal Al Ramahi had re­ceived pay­ment,” po­lice spokesman.

Umm Reem’s iden­tity was re­vealed af­ter a bride-to-be got sus­pi­cious and went to the po­lice. The man con­fessed to the crime and told pros­e­cu­tors that he dis­guised him­self as a fe­male match­maker on­line to swin­dle money out of women and men.

The case was then re­ferred to the Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion pend­ing trial.

Po­lice warned the pub­lic to be vig­i­lant against fall­ing vic­tim to bo­gus match­mak­ers ad­ver­tis­ing on­line or through so­cial me­dia.

They urged the pub­lic to re­port any in­ci­dents and to show cau­tion on so­cial net­work­ing sites. said a

CAUGHT: ‘Umm Reem’ pre­tended to be an older woman who ran a match­mak­ing busi­ness

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